Initiative 4 – Diminishing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) And Their Effects


ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score of 4 or higher:

– 7X more likely to be alcoholic

-6X more likely to have sex by age 15

-Center for Disease Control


Envisioned Goal: Trinity seeks proposals that will focus on reducing ACEs in our community and/or improve the resilience of our population.  Successful projects would target one or more ACEs with specific measurement of metrics providing evidence of the effectiveness of the effort.  Projects as wide ranging as improving parenting skills, community awareness of ACEs and their impact, early recognition and support children experiencing ACEs, etc. will be encouraged.


Background:  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.

ACEs include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Mother treated violently
  • Substance misuse within household
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member


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Trinity is seeking projects that will prevent the occurrences of ACEs in the homes of our community.


Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  1. Premarital counseling before marriage to insure a healthy start: A good start to any endeavor is a step toward positive and lasting results.  Trinity seeks projects that are proven to be effective in other locations to encourage healthy marriages in our community.
  2. Parenting skills development: Parenting is an awesome responsibility for any first-time parent. Trinity seeks projects that are proven to be effective in other locations to teach and reinforce healthy parenting skills and to create parenting mentoring opportunities.
  3. Fatherhood:  All too often it is the father who is absent from the home due to any of a host of reasons.  Trinity seeks projects that are proven to be effective in other locations to encourage fatherhood and instill family leadership responsibility in the men of our community.
  4. Other ideas related to ACE reduction through strengthening the family:Children are at risk because families are at risk. Strong families undergird strong communities.  We seek projects that have shown promise in other locations to implement for the benefit of our community.